Cabernet Sauvignon

Agrelo is recognised for red varieties and whilst it has been acknowledged for its high quality Malbec it has also become known as the source of some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon emanating from Argentina. Our three Clásicos wines are single varietal wines: Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. These wines are testify to their unique site of origin, our Remolinos Vineyard.

Throughout the vineyard and the winemaking our “amano” approach is just as evident here as on each of other wines. Four steps of selection including double sorting tables, small parcel winemaking, basket pressing and a meticulous attention to quality ensure that after 14 months maturation in French oak these are wines of susbtance but each, above all, shows the hallmark elegance of our Remolinos Vineyard.

2013 Vintage

2013 was cooler than other recent vintages, with cool temperatures throughout the summer and fall plummeting particularly at night time . As such we decided to pick our fruit in Remolinos Vineyard between 5-7 days later than the average year in order to achieve full phenolic ripeness. These cool conditions also lead to more pronounced acidity and aromatics balancing the seductive tannins.

Remolinos Vineyard, Agrelo

Located at 3500 feet, in the renowned Mendoza appellation of Agrelo, our one-of-a-kind Remolinos Vineyard takes its name from ‘remolinos’ – whirlwinds which keep the grapes dry and in perfect condition before being handpicked each vintage.

Soils   Sandy clay loams over gravels.
Yield   3.5–4.0 tons per acre.
Canopy   Limited leaf plucking of east facing canopy; cluster thinning to 1-2 clusters per shoot.
Harvest Date   Handpicked April 19th – May 3rd, 2013.
Selection Steps   Cluster selection when picking & a second sorting within the small boxes.

Winemaking

2 Sorting Tables   Cluster selection pre-destemmer; berry selection post-destemmer.
Handling   Gravity fed.
Maceration   25-30 days total maceration:- 3-7 days cold soak; 10 days fermentation in small wide stainless steel tanks at 82°F - 86°F. 15-18 days extended maceration.
Maturation   Gently basket pressed before going into French oak barrels (30% new) for MLF and 14 months maturation.

2013 Decero Cabernet Sauvignon, Remolinos Vineyard

2013 Decero Cabernet Sauvignon has a flavor profile of both cassis and black fruits, a fine backbone of acidity leading it more towards elegance than opulence. Seductive tannins, more silky than those of the 2010 and 2012 vintages, provide the perfect balance and structure for this wine. Great food matching and cellaring potential.

14.5 % Alc                pH 3.68               Acidity 5.44 g/l

2012 Vintage

2012 was an excellent vintage in Agrelo, again marked by low yields, mostly due to the influence of Zonda wind during flowering time in November. In Agrelo there was higher rainfall during the growing season and lower rainfall during maturation which provided excellent vintage conditions. The average temperature were slightly higher in the summer but lower in April this enabled us to pick the Cabernet for the first time over two weeks to achieve optimal maturity of each parcel.

Remolinos Vineyard, Agrelo

Located at 3500 feet, in the renowned Mendoza appellation of Agrelo, our one-of-a-kind Remolinos Vineyard takes its name from ‘remolinos’ – whirlwinds which keep the grapes dry and in perfect condition before being handpicked each vintage.

Soils   Sandy clay loams over gravels.
Yield   3.5–4.0 tons per acre.
Canopy   Limited leaf plucking of east facing canopy; cluster thinning to 1-2 clusters per shoot.
Harvest Date   Handpicked April 25th – May 4th, 2012.
Selection Steps   Cluster selection when picking & a second sorting within the small boxes.

Winemaking

2 Sorting Tables   Cluster selection pre-destemmer; berry selection post-destemmer.
Handling   Gravity fed.
Maceration   25-30 days total maceration:- 3-7 days cold soak; 10 days fermentation in small wide stainless steel tanks at 82°F - 86°F. 15-18 days extended maceration.
Maturation   Gently basket pressed before going into French oak barrels (30% new) for MLF and 14 months maturation.

2012 Decero Cabernet Sauvignon, Remolinos Vineyard

2012 Decero Cabernet Sauvignon has the intensive cassis aromas and black fruit flavors, with some spicy notes adding complexity. Balanced acidity and firm velvety tannins complete this wine reminiscent in structure of the excellent 2010 vintage. Great food matching and cellaring potential.

14.5 % Alc                pH 3.75               Acidity 5.81 g/l

2011 Vintage

The most influential factor of the 2011 vintage was a cold Spring and a frost in early November which resulted in lower than average yields. The cooler weather continued throughout the summer season causing the maturation and harvest to take place beginning of May around one week later than usual. The coolness of the 2011 vintage left its mark on the elegance and medium bodied style of our Cabernet Sauvignon.

Remolinos Vineyard, Agrelo

Located at 3500 feet, in the renowned Mendoza appellation of Agrelo, our one-of-a-kind Remolinos Vineyard takes its name from ‘remolinos’ – whirlwinds which keep the grapes dry and in perfect condition before being handpicked each vintage.

Soils   Sandy clay loams over gravels.
Yield   3.5–4.0 tons per acre.
Canopy   Limited leaf plucking of east facing canopy; cluster thinning to 1-2 clusters per shoot.
Harvest Date   Handpicked, May 1st and 2nd of 2011.
Selection Steps   Cluster selection when picking & a second sorting within the small boxes.

Winemaking

2 Sorting Tables   Cluster selection pre-destemmer; berry selection post-destemmer.
Handling   Gravity fed.
Maceration   25-30 days total maceration:- 3-7 days cold soak; 10 days fermentation in small wide stainless steel tanks at 82°F - 86°F. 15-18 days extended maceration.
Maturation   Gently basket pressed before going into French oak barrels (30% new) for MLF and 14 months maturation.

2011 Decero Cabernet Sauvignon, Remolinos Vineyard

Agrelo is recognized as one of the best sub-appellations for Cabernet Sauvignon in Argentina and the signature of our Remolinos Vineyard shows the potential of the region. Lifted cherry and and cases notes combine in an elegant style with integrated tannins adding complexity following 14 months in French oak barrels.

14.5 % Alc                pH 3.78               Acidity 5.55 g/l

2010 Vintage

The spring leading up to the 2010 vintage was particularly cool which delayed veraison and resulted in lower yields of concentrated fruit with high acidity. The lower yields of Cabernet Sauvignon from this vintage provided more robust, structural tannins. This textural definition as well as a taut intensity are in stark contrast to the warmer 2009 vintage. 2010 is a benchmark vintage for Cabernet Sauvignon from Remolinos Vineyard.

Remolinos Vineyard, Agrelo

Located at 3500 feet, in the renowned Mendoza appellation of Agrelo, our one-of-a-kind Remolinos Vineyard takes its name from ‘remolinos’ – whirlwinds which keep the grapes dry and in perfect condition before being handpicked each vintage.

Soils   Sandy clay loams over gravels.
Yield   3.5–4.0 tons per acre.
Canopy   Limited leaf plucking of east facing canopy; cluster thinning to 1-2 clusters per shoot.
Harvest Date   Handpicked April 23th – 28th, 2010.
Selection Steps   Cluster selection when picking & a second sorting within the small boxes.

Winemaking

2 Sorting Tables   Cluster selection pre-destemmer; berry selection post-destemmer.
Handling   Gravity fed.
Maceration   25-30 days total maceration:- 3-5 days cold soak; 10 days fermentation in small wide stainless steel tanks at 82°F - 86°F. 15-18 days extended maceration.
Maturation   Gently basket pressed before going into French oak barrels (30% new) for MLF and 14 months maturation.

2010 Decero Cabernet Sauvignon, Remolinos Vineyard

2010 is defined by its taut dark fruit and cassis flavors with a hint of graphite aromatics, reminiscent of Bordeaux. The wine has layers of bold tannins and a long, complex finish from 14 months in French oak barrels. The 2010 Decero Cabernet Sauvignon has great potential for cellaring.

14.5 % Alc                pH 3.81               Acidity 5.96 g/l

2009 Vintage

2009 is commonly regarded in Agrelo, and other nearby appellations as the vintage of the decade. The long, warm, dry summer provided us with excellent and even conditions leading up to harvest. The night time temperatures were cool as ever in Remolinos Vineyard, bringing a good balance between acidity and concentration to the wine. With these excellent conditions, we harvested a little earlier than usual to avoid any over-ripening of this warm vintage. Consequentially, our 2009 Decero Cabernet has the hallmark complexity and elegance with fine tannin structure typical of Remolinos Vineyard.

Remolinos Vineyard, Agrelo

Located at 3500 feet, in the renowned Mendoza appellation of Agrelo, our one-of-a-kind Remolinos Vineyard takes its name from ‘remolinos’ – whirlwinds which keep the grapes dry and in perfect condition before being handpicked each vintage.

Soils   Sandy clay loams over gravels.
Yield   3.5–4.0 tons per acre.
Canopy   Limited leaf plucking of east facing canopy; cluster thinning to 1-2 clusters per shoot.
Harvest Date   Handpicked April 7st – 21th, 2009.
Selection Steps   Cluster selection when picking & a second sorting within the small boxes.

Winemaking

2 Sorting Tables   Cluster selection pre-destemmer; berry selection post-destemmer.
Handling   Gravity fed.
Maceration   25-30 days total maceration:- 3-5 days cold soak; 10 days fermentation in small wide stainless steel tanks at 82°F - 86°F. 15-18 days extended maceration.
Maturation   Gently basket pressed before going into French oak barrels (30% new) for MLF and 14 months maturation.

2009 Decero Cabernet Sauvignon, Remolinos Vineyard

2009 is defined by its cherry and spice aromatics and with an emphasis of red fruit flavors. The structure is elegant with highly integrated tannins. Having spent 14 months in French oak barrels, the 2009 Decero Cabernet Sauvignon is decidedly elegant with finesse on the long finish.

14.5 % Alc                pH 3.76               Acidity 5.1 g/l

2008 Vintage

2008 vintage conditions produced very elegant Cabernet Sauvignon. The days were consistently warm but never peaking with heat, the nights notably cooler than previous years. As a result the phenolic, sugar and flavor ripeness evolved in perfect unison to the delight of our viticulturist. The dry summer allowed no rain to hinder the perfectly healthy grape conditions. As with every year the window for picking Cabernet was narrow, but 2008 provided consistency of ripeness across the clusters which allowed for easy selection of these high quality Cabernet clusters and grapes throughout the selection process.

Remolinos Vineyard, Agrelo

Located at 3500 feet, in the renowned Mendoza appellation of Agrelo, our one-of-a-kind Remolinos Vineyard takes its name from ‘remolinos’ – whirlwinds which keep the grapes dry and in perfect condition before being handpicked each vintage.

Soils   Sandy clay loams over gravels.
Yield   3.5–4.0 tons per acre.
Canopy   Limited leaf plucking of east facing canopy; cluster thinning to 1-2 clusters per shoot.
Harvest Date   Handpicked April 21st – 25th, 2008.
Selection Steps   Cluster selection when picking & a second sorting within the small boxes.

Winemaking

2 Sorting Tables   Cluster selection pre-destemmer; berry selection post-destemmer.
Handling   Gravity fed.
Maceration   25-30 days total maceration:- 3-5 days cold soak; 10 days fermentation in small wide stainless steel tanks at 82°F - 86°F. 15-18 days extended maceration.
Maturation   Gently basket pressed before going into French oak barrels (30% new) for MLF and 14 months maturation.

2008 Decero Cabernet Sauvignon, Remolinos Vineyard

2008 is defined by its cherry and spice aromatics and further spice and red fruit flavors. The structure is elegant with highly integrated tannins. Having spent 14 months in French oak barrels, the 2008 Decero Cabernet Sauvignon is decidedly elegant with finesse on the long finish.

14.5 % Alc                pH 3.81               Acidity 5.46 g/l

2007 Vintage

Vintage 2007 was excellent in Remolinos Vineyard. The daytime temperatures of the growing season were warmer than usual whilst the nights were colder brining good acid / sugar balance and greater color and phenol content in the grapes. Humidity was slightly higher but the whirlwinds - ‘Remolinos’ kept the grapes healthy and dry. Cold weather during February hastened the ripening process, we picked some rows up to 15 days earlier than usual. The quality of grapes from the 2007 vintage was extremely high; excellent balance, exceptional aromatics and concentration in the wines.

Remolinos Vineyard, Agrelo

Located at 3500 feet, in the renowned Mendoza appellation of Agrelo, our one-of-a-kind Remolinos Vineyard takes its name from ‘remolinos’ – whirlwinds which keep the grapes dry and in perfect condition before being handpicked each vintage.

Soils   Sandy clay loams over gravels.
Yield   3.5–4.0 tons per acre.
Canopy   Limited leaf plucking of east facing canopy; cluster thinning to 1-2 clusters per shoot.
Harvest Date   Handpicked April 26th – May 5th, 2007.
Selection Steps   Cluster selection when picking & a second sorting within the small boxes.

Winemaking

2 Sorting Tables   Cluster selection pre-destemmer; berry selection post-destemmer.
Handling   Gravity fed.
Maceration   25-30 days total maceration:- 3-5 days cold soak; 10 days fermentation in small wide stainless steel tanks at 82°F - 86°F. 15-18 days extended maceration.
Maturation   Gently basket pressed before going into French oak barrels (30% new) for MLF and 16 months maturation.

2007 Decero Cabernet Sauvignon, Remolinos Vineyard

Cherry and red fruit flavors. Soft tannins and elegance. Length and very long finish of this wine is the signature style of Decero Cabernet. 2007 Decero Cabernet is a handcrafted expression of its unique single vineyard of origin.

14.1 % Alc                pH 3.79               Acidity 5.67 g/l